Cross-Corpus Training Strategy for Speech Emotion Recognition Using Self-Supervised RepresentationsMiguel. A. Pastor, Dayana Ribas, Alfonso Ortega, Antonio Miguel, Eduardo Lleida,

ViVoLab, Aragón Institute for Engineering Research (I3A), University of Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain



DOI: 10.3390/app13169062

Speech Emotion Recognition (SER) plays a crucial role in applications involving human-machine interaction. However, the scarcity of suitable emotional speech datasets presents a major challenge for accurate SER systems. Deep Neural Network (DNN)-based solutions currently in use require substantial labelled data for successful training. Previous studies have proposed strategies to expand the training set in this framework by leveraging available emotion speech corpora. This paper assesses the impact of a cross-corpus training extension for a SER system using self-supervised (SS) representations, namely HuBERT and WavLM. The feasibility of training systems with just a few minutes of in-domain audio is also analyzed.

The experimental results demonstrate that augmenting the training set with EmoDB (German), RAVDESS, and CREMA-D (English) datasets leads to improved SER accuracy on the IEMOCAP dataset. By combining a cross-corpus training extension and SS representations, state-of-the-art performance is achieved. These findings suggest that the cross-corpus strategy effectively addresses the scarcity of labelled data and enhances the performance of SER systems.




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